ABC Tweaks Schedule to Make Room for Trump Address

Jan 25, 2017  •  Post A Comment

ABC announced a revised air schedule today to accommodate an upcoming address by President Trump. The changes affect the broadcast schedule for the miniseries “When We Rise,” from Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black.

The schedule changes take effect during the week of Feb. 27-March 3. “When We Rise” will still debut on Monday, Feb. 27, with a two-hour premiere from 9-11 p.m. But Tuesday night will feature the ABC News special report “President Donald Trump’s Address to Congress.”

Parts II and III of “When We Rise” will now air on Wednesday, March 1, followed by parts IV and V on March 2 and parts VI and VII on March 3.

“’When We Rise’ chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women, who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today,” ABC says in its announcement.

The series stars Guy Pearce (“Memento,” “L.A. Confidential”) as LGBT activist Cleve Jones; Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds,” “Angels in America”) as women’s rights leader Roma Guy; Rachel Griffiths (“Brothers and Sisters,” “Six Feet Under”) as her wife, social justice activist Diane; Michael K. Williams (“Boardwalk Empire,”“The Wire”) as African American community organizer Ken Jones; and Ivory Aquino as transgender activist Cecelia Chung.

“When We Rise” is executive produced by Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” ”Big Love,” “J. Edgar”), Gus Van Sant (“Milk,” “Elephant,” “Good Will Hunting”), Laurence Mark (“Julie & Julia,” “Dreamgirls,” “I, Robot,” “Jerry Maguire”) and Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty,” “Milk,” “Silver Linings Playbook”). Van Sant directs the two-hour premiere of the eight-hour miniseries. “When We Rise” is produced by ABC Studios.

Here’s the revised air schedule:


9:00-11:00 p.m. “WHEN WE RISE” Premiere


9:00-11:00 p.m. ABC News Special Report: President Donald Trump’s Address to Congress


9:00-11:00 p.m. “WHEN WE RISE” Parts II and III


9:00-11:00 p.m. “WHEN WE RISE” Parts IV and V


9:00-11:00 p.m. “WHEN WE RISE” Parts VI and VII

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